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CINCINNATI — Maybe they just never got over that playoff meltdown. Maybe they just got old. Or maybe they were just due for a down year. The Bengals find themselves on the outside of the playoff chase for the first time in six years, and they’re not sure why. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
HOUSTON — Tom Savage took over on Sunday for Brock Osweiler and saved the day, throwing for 260 yards to help Houston beat the Jaguars. Now the question is whether coach Bill O’Brien will stick with Savage or start Osweiler on Saturday night when the Bengals visit. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s Deshaun Watson didn’t end up as the nation’s best player or even college quarterback in 2016. But he does get one more shot at his ultimate goal — leading the Tigers to a national championship. They’ll have to beat Ohio State to get there. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m.